Bush signs filter legislation

Called the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act, the new law creates an exemption in copyright laws to make sure companies selling filtering technology won’t get sued out of existence
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President Bush has signed legislation that gives legal protection to content filtering technology that enables skipping or muting of sections of commercial movie DVDs. The enactment of the law was a major defeat for film directors who argued that enabling the manipulation of their content violated copyright protections.

The legislation swept through Congress as part of the political fervor over indecency in media. The legislation was positioned at helping parents keep their children from seeing sex scenes, violence and foul language in movie DVDs.

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